Sunrisers vs. Chennai Super Kings IPL 2014: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 26: Mahendra Singh Dhoni of the Super Kings hits another six during the 2010 Airtel Champions League Twenty20 final match between Chennai Super Kings and Chevrolet Warriors from Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Chennai Super Kings continued their superb start to the IPL season with a resounding five-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah.

Fresh from a convincing victory over Mumbai Indians on Friday, where their bowlers were at their best, the Kings picked up from where they left off after being put in with the ball first.

Australian Ben Hilfenhaus did the early damage to the Sunrisers’ order, taking the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner in the third over, and the tone was very much set from then on.

Opener Aaron Finch aside, Sunrisers failed to produce the goods at the crease as they set a very reachable total of 145/5.

Finch chalked up 44 runs in a frustrating innings for Tom Moody’s team, though Karan Sharma’s 17 from seven balls at the death gave them a little bit of hope heading into Kings’ turn with the bat.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 145/5 (20 overs)
BatsmenRunsBallsFours/Sixes
Aaron Finchb Mohit Sharma44455/0
Shikhar Dhawanc Mithun Manhas b Ben Hilfenhaus791/0
David Warnerlbw Ben Hilfenhaus020/0
Lokesh Rahulc Ishwar Pandey b Dwayne Smith25271/1
Venugopal Raoc Dwayne Smith b Mohit Sharma13150/0
Darren SammyNOT OUT23152/1
Karan SharmaNOT OUT1770/2
BowlersOversWicketsRunsDots
Ben Hilfenhaus423211
Ishwar Pandey30224
Mohit Sharma42276
Ravichandran Ashwin40179
Ravindra Jadeja30233
Dwayne Smith21114
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Chennai Super Kings got their reward for a super bowling display, as their batsmen reached Sunrisers’ total with minimal fuss to bring about their fourth victory in five IPL matches this season.

Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum kicked things off in style by breezing through the powerplay with 47 runs, as Sunrisers once again failed to take a wicket in the first six overs.

Smith romped to a half-century against a lacklustre Sunrisers bowling outfit but was dismissed for 66 for the third wicket of the innings following a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery.

The wicket seemed to bring SRH’s bowlers to life and they made Kings fight for the victory in the final overs of the match, but the late storm wasn't enough to avoid defeat.

Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja were dismissed for miniscule totals, but the power of the order was enough to see Kings over the line with MS Dhoni firing the winning runs with three balls remaining.

Chennai Super Kings: 146/5 (19.3 overs)
BatsmenRunsBallsFours/Sixes
Dwayne Smithc David Warner b Bhuvneshwar Kumar66464/5
Brendon McCullumb Karan Sharma40333/2
Suresh Rainac Venugopal Rao b Ishant Sharma14101/1
MS DhoniNOT OUT13141/0
Faf Du Plessisc Lokesh Rahul b Bhuvneshwar Kumar010/0
Ravindra Jadejab Ishant Sharma690/0
Mithun ManhasNOT OUT340/0
BowlersOversWicketsRunsDots
Dale Steyn402012
Bhuvneshwar Kumar422310
Karan Sharma41356
Amit Mishra3.30275
Ishant Sharma423711
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McCullum, who chalked up 40 runs on Sunday, said that Kings’ strategy is to go for the jugular in every match as they have the firepower to do damage all over the order—per IPLT20.com, via ESPN Cricinfo:

Our strategy as a team is to go all-out for 20 overs and given we have so many attacking batsmen, we can afford to go with that mindset. This line-up is filled with power-hitters. If Smith and I get out, there is Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Bravo—they just keep coming. And if any of those guys bat for long, they will score big.

While it didn’t quite work out like that at the bottom of the order for Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, the Kiwi and Smith did enough to ensure that their side joined Kings XI Punjab at the top of the IPL table on eight points.

Next up for the Kings is Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL’s first match away from the Middle East this season; and it’s bound to be a thriller.

With the Kings’ openers in fine fettle and both in the top-three run scorers in the IPL in 2014—per ESPN Cricinfo—they’ll be full of confidence against the topsy-turvy Knight Riders on May 2.

CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH - MARCH 29:  Brendon McCullum of New Zealand hits out for six runs during the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Group 1 match between New Zealand and the Netherlands at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on March 29, 2014 in Chittagong,
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For Sunrisers Hyderabad, though, key lessons will need to be taken away from Sunday’s tie, particularly in the importance of early wickets.

They’ll take on the IPL’s basement franchise, Mumbai Indians, on Wednesday, looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing start so far.